NA: (NA sitting marked by opposition, women MPs’ walkouts)

ISLAMABAD: The sixth sitting of the National Assembly’s ongoing session was marked by low attendance and walkouts staged by opposition and women lawmakers against obstruction in release of development funds on Tuesday.

According to Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), the sitting started 24 minutes behind the schedule with 52 (15%) members present at the start and 61 (18%) at the time of adjournment. The Prime Minister did not attend the sitting, while the Opposition Leader was present for 35 minutes.

Four bills – namely the Law Reforms (Amendment) Bill 2015, the Privatization Commission (Amendment) Bill 2015, the Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment Bill) 2015 – were introduced and referred to the relevant standing committees.

However, the House rejected the Indus River Authority (Amendment) Bill 2015 which was opposed by State Minister for Water and Power. The House also took up a calling attention notice (CAN) regarding the cost-effectiveness of the Metro Bus Project in Islamabad.

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